Nest #6352

Nickname: Pond Acres
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: NJ style V platform in the marsh at the end of Pond Acres community- on the Salt Pond
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5521721986015
Longitude: -75.0679637234491
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2018 2017 2016

Activity reports

2016 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/01/2016 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/05/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/04/2016
Incubation initiation 05/03/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/13/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/29/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/19/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/12/2017
Incubation initiation 04/18/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/29/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/28/2018 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/22/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/13/2018
Incubation initiation 04/16/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/29/2018 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

09/13/2018 by baygirl
one juvenile crying for fish on snag near nest

09/07/2018 by baygirl
one juvenile was perched on a very low branch over the pond, it dove into water and came up empty and it was not happy, definitely vocalizing its hunger to itself, 2nd juvenile was in nearby snag close to nest and it had a partially eaten fish, did not see the adult male today.

08/18/2018 by baygirl
one juvenile seen on the V perch of the platform today, it was calling softly for fish, did not see adults

08/08/2018 by baygirl
3:30 today-1 adult and one juvenile on the nest,one juv with its own fish in a nearby snag, and another juv on far snag.

07/30/2018 by baygirl
2 fledglings and 1 adult in various trees surrounding the nest.

07/24/2018 by baygirl
2 fledge on nest and one adult on snag today around 10:30 am

07/22/2018 by baygirl
Around 6 pm I saw both adults perched in nearby trees, one fledgling on another tree and one apparent large fledgling on edge of nest. few minutes later the third fledgling arrived and landed on the v of the platform.

07/15/2018 by baygirl
continuing to see just 2 chicks, today about 5:50 pm 2 chicks visible in the nest with both adults at nearby snags.

07/05/2018 by baygirl
2 chicks visible today with male in tree with large fish and female in nest asking for him to bring it to her

07/05/2018 by baygirl
2 chicks visible today with male in tree with large fish and female in nest asking for him to bring it to her

06/25/2018 by baygirl
3 chicks in the nest alone today at 5 pm. One adult osprey drying its wings on the favored snag nearby. It was calling for its mate or a fish, I could not tell if it was the female or male.

06/18/2018 by baygirl
mombrella busy shading with just one chick vis

06/10/2018 by baygirl
2 chicks visible around 2 pm today as female was feeding. male was on nearby tree but flew off to chase an interloper in his air space and then off he flew toward the ocean

05/29/2018 by baygirl
first day to confirm feeding with male bringing in fish for female and she started feeding immediately

05/19/2018 by baygirl
pair is doing well with the female usually deep in the nest and the male guarding the territory from his fave snag nearby, there should be chicks soon

04/16/2018 by baygirl
First day to see one deep in the nest. the second osprey not seen but the bulkheading company is still nearby fixing the dock.

04/02/2018 by baygirl
One on V perch of platform and the second flew over to the favorite snag. I listened for any other osprey calling near the location of last years close by ( but now downed) snag nest and it was quiet and there was no scuffling...but I am expecting it.

03/28/2018 by baygirl
today I confimred both osprey on the nest around 5:15 pm. 45, SE winds at 5 pmh today, clouds with some sunshine. second day of southern winds seems to have finally brought larger numbers of osprey to the county

03/23/2018 by baygirl
1 osprey on the favorite snag guard post

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: last adult seen, female on 8-31-17

08/03/2017 by baygirl
at 4 pm there were 4 fledglings on the nest, 2 were eating fish. it was quite a party.

07/29/2017 by baygirl
Both youngsters are doing very well and both adults still at nest.

06/22/2017 by baygirl
I am seeing at least one chick, and often neither adult is on the platform instead they sit on the nearby snags. I think it is so they can keep a better eye on the osprey pair in the snag nest behind them

06/07/2017 by baygirl
Male on V perch of nest platform and female feeding in the nest

05/25/2017 by baygirl
no signs of hatchlings yet although I may be missing it. today female deep in nest and male on a snag with a portion of a fish. nothing happened for over 15 minutes. that's osprey life, sometimes...

04/24/2017 by baygirl
the male has been sitting on a new guard snag at the house closest to the platform because the newish snag nest west of them is now huge with both osprey perched on it...I guess I will need to create a new nest ID....

04/18/2017 by baygirl
well I don't seem to know anything about this nesting pair:) today I was surprised to see one osprey deep in the nest incubating. there was one other osprey on a nearby snag and the snag nest to the west was empty with no osprey in sight. so I just don't know but I see incubating behavior!

04/17/2017 by baygirl
still a bit confusing here. the snag nest just behind this platform regularly has a pair on it and there is quite a bit of territorial squabbling with this nest pair pretty distracted. rarely are they at the nest, they guard the trees between them and the snag nest.

04/09/2017 by baygirl
around 4 pm I saw one osprey on the V perch and the other osprey bringing nest material. this is the first I have seen the pair spending time at the nest.

04/02/2017 by baygirl
The bonded pair is here but very unsettled. The snag nests across the Salt Pond at the National Guard base came down during the winter and one pair from the downed nest is causing some disturbance, visiting the platform and harassing the female when she is in the nest.

11/26/2016 by baygirl
Here is the final 2016 info for this nest: Both chicks fledged about the same day and did well until 9-3-16 when the nesting platform came down after a huge storm. I could never confirm if both fledglings were clear of the nest when it tumbled into the marsh but I am hopeful they were in the snag trees during the storm and since we assume nest came down at night (as per landowners report) the fledglings would not have been on the nest. But after the platform came down I saw just one fledgling at a time perched in nearby snags along with the adult male. After last fledge sighting on 9-4-16 I continued to see the adult male in the nearby guard snag until 9-23-16. We were able to put the platform back up 11-26-16. When it fell it remained intact! Now it is nice and straight and anchored 4 feet deep in the marsh and we hope it stands for many more years to come!

07/16/2016 by baygirl
I have rare;y seen any chicks in this nest because of the angle of the platform but today I was finally able to get a good look at the 2 growing chicks. They are not nearly ready to fledge but they are very active and at the stage where they don't know quite what to do with their wings so they sort of flop around the nest. The female adult was standing guard on the nest and attempting to shade them. I did not see the adult male and there were no osprey in the new nearby snag nest that I assume was built by a sub-adult earlier in this season.

05/31/2016 by baygirl
One osprey still quietly incubating. I do not see the second osprey today. They still have about 1 1/2 to 2 weeks till hatchlings if all goes well. This location along the Salt Pond does have a nearby kayak launch but I never see anyone close to the platform.

05/29/2016 by baygirl
One bird incubating and one bird in the nearby snag "guarding" tree.

05/20/2016 by baygirl
One bird incubating, no other birds in sight today. I no longer see the extra bird that was trying to build a nest just behind this nest.

05/13/2016 by baygirl
One bird is incubating, one is on the nest and another bird is further back in the snag line and that third bird appears to be attempting a nest on a snag with very little nest material support! Most likely a sub-adult from this nest in prior seasons. It looks like a male but one can never be 100% certain of the birds sex.

05/03/2016 by baygirl
These two had a rough time for a few weeks with the many stray osprey hanging out around the Salt Pond and frequent territorial battles at their platform. Their platform is leaning badly and could fall over with high tides and storms. The guard perch is a snag further back into the tree line.